Aliwal North residents beg holidaymakers for water

2015-12-31 14:12

Johanneburg – As the water crisis in the county worsens, Aliwal North residents are pleading with holidaymakers to bring them liquid relief.  

Deon Smit, who was co-ordinating the water relief effort, said on Thursday that they had been without water for more than six days. The Orange River stopped flowing two weeks ago.  

"We are asking holidaymakers who are driving through Aliwal North to donate some water because all the shops are out of water too. Even if it’s just a bottle of water, we would appreciate it," he said.  

The North West, Free State, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal were declared drought disaster areas last month. 

"We are at a point whereby we don’t have drinkable water."

Other provinces had volunteered to help, he said.  

The department of water and sanitation had said it would release water from the Katse Dam in Lesotho to supply the Maletswai local municipality, which included Aliwal North and Jamestown.

The municipality could not immediately be reached for comment.  

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